Tuesday, April 19, 2011
The Wreck of the Lady Mary
Amy Ellis Nutt of the Star-Ledger, newspaper in Newark NJ, won a Pulitzer for her special investigative report on the mysterious sinking of the scallop fishing boat Lady Mary off the coast of Cape May in 2009. She was assisted by videographer Andre Malok.
In the chilly, early morning hours of March 24, 2009, 57-year-old José Arias fights for his life, floating in the water 66 miles from Cape May. The nearest lights are from another fishing vessel, which does not see him, anchored less than a half-mile away. A little farther out, a mammoth container ship steams toward Philadelphia.
Although Arias does not know it yet, all six of his friends and fellow fishermen are dead, and the red-hulled scalloper, the Lady Mary, is resting, right-side up, on the sandy bottom of the Atlantic. The mystery of what sank her, which continues to haunt the maritime world, has just begun.